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pizzabox 12-15-2009 07:37 AM

How much wood to keep
With limited storage space how much wood do you keep for your WFO? Dry vs Green, 1/2 cord, full cord. I have been burning everything in sight in my new oven. My neighbor had a tree cut down so I ended up with about a cord of green maple:eek: that I have to split and stack but I my trade 1/2 a cord with my BIL for 1/4 cord dry.


papavino 12-15-2009 11:18 AM

Re: How much wood to keep
As much hard, dry wood as you can store. If you can store a full chord, go for it. I bought 1/2 chord, but would love to be able to store more.

dmun 12-15-2009 03:42 PM

Re: How much wood to keep
If you have room to dry it, green wood is almost free from landscapers, and shows up on craigslist all the time. If your space is limited, you need to pay someone else to age it for you. You want to use it before it rots, but it's good for a few years at least.

Neil2 12-15-2009 04:11 PM

Re: How much wood to keep
I built a wood shed to comfortably hold 3 cords. A good well ventilated woodshed is a great investment.

In one third, I buy a cord of unseasoned doug fir/ alder (whatever is cheapest) each spring and put it in the wood shed for use next spring. I find I have been using a bit over a cord a year for the oven.

In the second third is the cord I'm currently using (bought a year ago).

In the final third is miscellaneous I get from dead fall and branches on the property and stuff that people give me.

Dmun is correct, you don't want to keep wood more than 3 or 4 years - not only will it rot, it will attract carpenter ants (or termites) and, as wood seasons beyond 4 years or so, it "over dries" and looses some oils/sap and the heat value goes down.

tfasz 12-15-2009 05:38 PM

Re: How much wood to keep

Originally Posted by papavino (Post 74562)
As much hard, dry wood as you can store. If you can store a full chord, go for it. I bought 1/2 chord, but would love to be able to store more.

Any good Seattle sources for WFO wood you would recommend? I've seen a few ads for some apple wood on Craigslist. I think it was something like $250 for half and $400 for a full cord delivered.

ThisOldGarageNJ 12-16-2009 02:15 AM

Re: How much wood to keep
keep watching craigslist for the FREE wood.... It burns well.... Usually you have to pick it up, split it up and season it, But I actually enjoy splitting wood,, Nothing like a sharp tool slicing thru a hunk of maple....


splatgirl 12-16-2009 10:32 AM

Re: How much wood to keep
How much wood to keep? AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!! yard backs up to a public biking/walking path so I get to eavesdrop on the conversations people are having on their way by. More than once I've heard "Wow, do you think they have enough firewood?". I find this pretty funny since just about every other house around here has a cord or two out back and I consider my own stack fairly wimpy in comparison.
I think I'd start to get nervous with anything less than 3/4 of a cord.

fornax hominus 12-24-2009 08:09 AM

Re: How much wood to keep
I'm taking the day off from running my woodsplitter , almost finished with a tandem load of logs [27,00lb green], maple,beech, ash and some oak . This will stay in the heap till spring , get stacked where the wind and sun can get at it with a sheet of tin roofing over the stack .llast year it rained all summer and my one year old wood is hissing ...sigh! And oak requires more time than other wood . I am paying $800 for a truckload =20-21 cords buying it dry cost us now $90 a cord! We have 260 acr. of forest , but I leave it to the pros to cut and haul ... cutting and splitting is enough for me.

lwalper 12-24-2009 11:37 AM

Re: How much wood to keep
My primary heat source for the house is wood, and we have acres of it. I started out this year with about 5 standard cords (13 ricks) and will probably burn about 10 or 11 ricks. From what others are saying here I suppose I'll need to add to my piles. I burn whatever I can get, but the hardwoods generally produce less ash. I'm currently burning a bunch of black walnut. Over the years the one thing I've noticed is that whatever you use needs to be split down to size before trying to dry it, otherwise the water has to evaporate out the ends which is not really very efficient. Get it split (to open up all those layers), stacked (with air spaces big enough to allow a mouse to run, but small enough to stop the cat), and loosely (so air can blow through the stack) covered. Depending on your ambient weather conditions it should be ready to burn in 3-4 months. This year it has been particularly wet in our area so my wood still has a fairly high moisture content and it does hiss a little at first.

Insect control has also been a real problem this year. The warm high moisture has generated an abundance of spiders (including the black widow that I haven't seen in 20+ years), cockroaches by the bunch, and all sorts of boring things. Lesson being that the bulk of the wood should be stored away from the house don't stack it up next to the house. I have a "convenient" storage area on a side porch where I bring about a rick at a time, but it is up off the ground on a rack and gets burned before the bugs can build any more habitat.

BurntFingers 12-25-2009 01:08 AM

Re: How much wood to keep
I've noticed that sometimes free wood contains carpenter ants or other borers and their eggs. Be very careful as to where you get your wood you could be spreading insect damage. I've heard that moving fire wood out of your area or getting it from unknown sources could spread pests that are not local and can cause great damage to local viable plants. Be vigilant and informed. Don't Move Firewood | Trees and forests are threatened by invasive foreign insects and diseases Some really bad pests are out there.

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